13th July, 2012
BRONZE TRIO ... Siti Aishatun Hussin, Nabila Kassim and Dzuriani Zulkiplee won the bronze medal.
KUANTAN: As the 15th Sukma entered its 12th day yesterday, tenpin bowlers saved the almost gloomy day for Sabah when their Girls’ trios grabbed an unexpected gold medal (Sabah’s 10th so far) to the save the day at the Kuantan Mega Lanes.
The trios in Steffira Zeandra Greater, Siti Aishajan Hussin and Alexandria Edith John gave Sabah a late sole gold medal of the day with 3614 pinfalls, when they defeated Johor trios with 3397 pinfalls for the silver and another Sabah trios of Siti Aishatun Hussin, Nabila Kassim and Dzuriani Zulkiplee with 3386 pinfalls took the bronze medal.
Coach Wan Ali Adna said he did not expect the trios of Steffira, Siti and Alexandria to come out as winners in the event because they had the company of some very experienced bowlers from other states, but they went all out to bowl through tough battles on the lanes.
“Their fighting spirit, good teamwork and composure was their winning asset as they maintained their focus right from the start and gave each other support during their competition, and I am very happy that we were able to get our first gold medal today (yesterday) and hope more will come by,” he said.
“Our second trios in Siti Aishatun, Nasbila and Dzuriani also gave a good account of themselves to add a bronze medal from tenpin bowling today (yesterday).”
At the Polisas Archery Range, archer Adam Wong grabbed a silver medal in the Boys’ 90m Recurve event but was unable to maintain his composure when it came to competing against a few top national junior archers in the 70m distance.
The other silver medal of the day came from swimmer Randel Tan in the 50m freestyle with a time of 24.09s.
Sabah collected as many bronze medals from weightlifting, swimming, track and field and pencak silat.
In weightlifting, held at the Konvention Centre in Pekan, underdog and newcomer from Kinarut, Ruzlan Justin almost added either the gold or silver medals in the Boys’ 58kg Division but his attempts failed in the snatch and clean and jerk events.
Ruzlan showed high spirit in his desire to win by lifting well beyond his personal best lifts, but unfortunately only settled for two bronze medals in the snatch with a lift of 111kg and the clean and jerk with 144kg.
The other bronze medals came from swimmer Chris Tan (100m backstroke), the Girls’ and Boys’ swimmers 4×400m relay, the Boys’ track and field 4×100m relay, pencak silat (Sherwood Lokman).
Meanwhile, Sabah edged Negeri Sembilan 2-1 in the football semi-finals, and will meet Perak who outplayed Kuala Lumpur 4-2, in the final on July 14.